Ashley man charged with attempted murder after March shooting


An Ashley man was indicted on several charges including, attempted murder, Friday after prosecutors say he shot his ex-wife’s boyfriend in the face last month.

Christopher Robin Sidders, 41, was in the Delaware County Jail Friday when he was indicted by a Delaware County grand jury on a charge of attempted murder, a first-degree felony; two charges of felonious assault, second-degree felonies; and two counts of having weapons while under disability, third-degree felonies.

The attempted murder and felonious assault charges carry firearm specifications that could add additional prison time to any sentence Sidders receives if he is convicted.

An arraignment for Sidders has not been scheduled.

The charges were filed after a shooting at 9 N. Franklin St., Ashley, on March 22. Assistant Delaware County Prosecutor Cory Goe reported that Sidders was staying with his ex-wife, Teresa Rogers, and her boyfriend, Jeffrey Shilt, when Sidders pulled out a handgun and shot Shilt in the jaw.

Prosecutors said Sidders was trying to rekindle his relationship with Rogers.

Shilt was transported to a Columbus hospital and Sidders was taken into custody by Delaware County sheriff’s deputies.

Shilt was reportedly still recovering from his injuries Friday.

Sidders appeared in Delaware Municipal Court via video conferencing on the morning of March 23. Municipal Judge Marianne Hemmeter set Sidders’ bond at $250,000 and stipulated he must pay the full amount, not the usual 10 percent.

Goe said Sidders has a criminal record in Delaware County that includes drug trafficking charges, domestic violence and a felony burglary conviction from 2007.

At his municipal court arraignment, Sidders said he was not a violent person and had never been convicted of burglary. Hemmeter said he can contest the specification at a later date.

Records of the Delaware County Clerk of Courts Office state Sidders was ordered to serve 18 months in prison after a jury found him guilty of burglary.

Sidders was still in the county jail Friday.

Sidders Courtesy photo | Delaware County Jail

By Glenn Battishill

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